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Kohimarama Forest

Free workshop. May 11 2024. dSLR cameras provided.

  • Kohimarama Forest, St. Heliers

Service Description

Nature photography using digital SLR cameras. Students aged 8 to 18 years old will learn how to use a digital SLR camera to take photos of nature, and capture the beauty and biodiversity of reserves and parks through photography. IMAgEN8 provides digital SLR cameras for the participants, and our teachers teach them the technical and artistic aspects of photography. Students receive digital copies of their best pictures, and are published in books and the Compassionate Nature digital magazine. IMAgEN8’s professional photography tutors, Tushar and Mark, bring a diversity of experiences, styles and interests. They are easy going, fun and enthusiastic, and you’ll enjoy them guiding your photography learning with their friendly style and insights from their 70+ years of combined experience. You’ll feel confident about using a digital SLR camera, like the ones professionals use, in the company of a small group of nature and photography lovers. Tushar: Email to get on the waiting list if the workshop is full. Rain date May 25 same time. ****************************** About Kohimarama Forest Kohimarama Forest is a large (2.3 hectare) remnant urban forest that has never been cleared for pasture. The forest adds a significant canopy cover for the Ōrākei Local Board Area and contains many native trees taller than 10 meters. This forest historically has been undervalued and poorly maintained due to management and ownership constraints; however, it is a significant ecological area and a critical eco-corridor, connecting wildlife, including birds, to pest-free islands of Tīkapa Moana/Hauraki Gulf. The local community, including residents, volunteers, schools, and scientists, want to save this forest and have been working hard to raise its profile and help it reach its full potential. The forest is a biodiversity hotspot, hosting an abundance of invertebrates and is a breeding ground for pīwakawaka, kererū and many other native/endemic bird species. It is home to adult and juvenile copper skinks (Oligosoma aeneum) classified as ‘At risk – declining’. More than 34 species of lichen have been recorded, including many ‘At risk – naturally uncommon’ species. The forest hosts ancient kohekohe trees older than 200 years and has provided a significant seed source for the wider Tāmaki Ecological district.

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Auckland, New Zealand

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